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Where did the English Phipps family come from? What is the English Phipps family crest and coat of arms? When did the Phipps family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Phipps family history?

The name Phipps reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Phipps family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Phipps is based on the ancient given name Phillip. Phillip derives from the Greek name Phillipos, which derives from the words philein, meaning to love, and hippos, meaning horse.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Phipps are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Phipps include Phipps, Phipson, Phips and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phipps research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Phipps History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phipps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Phipps, or a variant listed above:

Phipps Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Phipps, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Thomas Phipps, aged 15, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Solomon Phipps, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1642
  • James Phipps, who landed in New England in 1649
  • Jon Phipps, who landed in Virginia in 1650


Phipps Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Phipps, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Phipps Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Phipps, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • William Henry Phipps, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Edward Phipps, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1859

Phipps Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Doreen Barbara Mignonette Phipps, aged 29, arrived in Colorado in 1945

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  • Lawrence Cowle Phipps (1862-1958), American politician, United States Senator from Colorado(1919-1931)
  • Michael Elston Phipps (b. 1947), American professional (NFL) football quarterback
  • Henry Phipps Jr. (1839-1930), American entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • John Shaffer Phipps (1874-1958), American lawyer and businessman, director of the Hanover Bank, U.S. Steel Corp. and W. R. Grace & Co
  • Lillian Stokes Bostwick Phipps (1906-1987), American socialite and owner of Thoroughbred steeplechase racehorses
  • Ogden Phipps (1908-2002), American stockbroker, court tennis champion and Hall of Fame member, thoroughbred horse racing executive and owner/breeder
  • Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps (b. 1940), retired American financier and prominent Thoroughbred racehorse industry executive and a Thoroughbred owner/breeder
  • Constantine Edmund Walter Phipps (b. 1954), English nobleman, 5th Marquess of Normanby
  • George Phipps (1819-1890), 2nd Marquess of Normanby, English soldier and politician
  • Constantine Phipps (1744-1792), 2nd Baron Mulgrave, English explorer

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  • Halcyon Days: an American Family through Three Generations by Peggie Phipps Boegner.
  • A History of the Ireson/Phipps and Allied Families.
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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Phipps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phipps Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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